The European Edge
Russian Birch plywood is uniquely manufactured with… expand
Russian Birch plywood is uniquely manufactured with multiple ply’s of Birch veneer, used uniformly, throughout the panel. Each layer of birch veneer is peeled at 1.3mm or 1.5mm thickness giving the panel a multi-ply edge that is both aesthetically attractive, and offers unmatched strength and stability. Birch plywood from Russia has been available in the United States for over forty years, and still today, goes by the trade name of Baltic Birch. Historically, only available in 5′x5′ sheets, today Russia has expanded production to include numerous other formats, such as 4′x8′ and 10′x5′.
Baltic Birch is available in a wide range of standard thickness variations, such as: 3mm, 6mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 21mm, 24mm, 25mm, 28mm, 30mm, 35mm, and 40mm. Special thickness and tolerances can be arranged with our mills to include specialty thickness such as 11.1mm, 12.7mm, and 17.5mm, for laminating face veneers to achieve a final construction thickness as per the customer’s request. Baltic Birch plywood offers a virtually void-free construction to help reduce reject rates and offers great machinability and tremendous screw holding strength.
Russia currently has an estimated 22% of the world’s forest cover and more forest area than any other country in the world. Today Russia makes up only 6% of all plywood imported to the United States. The market for Baltic Birch plywood in the United States has seen continuous year to year growth, as it replaces traditional plywood options currently available to woodworkers especially where, strength, stability, and quality are required.
The Wolstenholme Advantage
Wolstenholme International offers more than 18 years of… expand
Wolstenholme International offers more than 18 years of experience in importing Baltic Birch plywood from our mills in Russia, and brings the vast resources that Russia has to offer, to your door. Our warehouse facilities are strategically located to offer, just-in-time shipments to any area of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. We strive to offer every option of thickness, grade, and dimension made available in Baltic Birch, from our warehouse inventory, in order to reduce lead times to your facility.
Traditionally, Baltic Birch has been the primary choice of plywood for use in drawer box construction, as the multi-ply edge has offered an attractive finish and parts could yield well from the more traditional 5’x5’ sheet format. However, Baltic Birch manufacturers in Russia have installed additional new machinery allowing them to produce the more standard 4′x8′ plywood, in addition to oversized panels. Today, Baltic Birch has found many new applications; store fixtures, children’s furniture, hardwood furniture frames, and high-end furniture components, to name a few.
Excessive Formaldehyde emissions from plywood products… expand
Excessive Formaldehyde emissions from plywood products have become an important issue with consumers and new legislation has been passed on both state and federal levels. We have worked very closely with our manufactures in Russia to ensure that we are on the leading edge of this safety matter. Our Baltic Birch suppliers in Russia were the first to become certified as CARB (California Air Resource Board) Phase 2, in regards to formaldehyde emissions for sale in the state of California, and today every mill we work with is currently certified to meet the CARB Phase 2 emission levels. While all of our 5×5 mills are currently CARB Phase 2 certified, our 4×8 panels go one step further, and in addition to being CARB2 certified, these 4×8 Baltic Birch panels contain no added urea formaldehyde.